Northwest: Central States Manufacturing Plans More Regional Plants

by George Waldon  on Monday, May. 23, 2011 12:00 am  

Each quarter, Leger tries to visit a different company location for a staff meeting to talk about the company's financial performance, direction and significant developments as well as field questions.

She also coordinates meetings with area clients as part of her quarterly travel, a carryover from her five years as vice president of operations and trucking.

"I try to make the most out of each trip," Leger said. "It helps me stay in touch with our people and our customers."

Carpenter was drawn to CSM by his late father, Carl, who was enticed out of semi-retirement by local investors to help start the company. He said the venture was a learning experience with its share of pitfalls.

"We just kept our nose to the grindstone and took care of our customers," Carpenter said. "We made a ton of mistakes along the way but kept moving along. We've reacted to our mistakes quickly."



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